Complete black college football polls, Week 8: Alabama State remains the frontrunner

Alabama State (6-1) once again tops the Sheridan Broadcasting Network poll of historically black college football programs, as well as the Heritage Sports Radio Network, Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division and Urban Sports News lists.

“Alabama State is the best team we’ve seen play this season,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “Jackson State, when the play with focus, is the second-best team. Bethune-Cookman has the most talent, but they have had poor quarterback play and make far too many penalties.”

Meanwhile, Jackson State (6-1) continues to battle with Norfolk State (6-2) for No. 2. Jackson State is in the runner-up position according to Sheridan, Dr. Cavil’s and USN, while Norfolk State is No. 2 according the Heritage voters. NSU dropped from No. 2 to fifth in the Urban Sports News Poll after a lackluster effort against Bethune-Cookman last week.

“South Carolina State has quarterback problems,” Posey said. “I think one of the most pleasant surprises of the season is Howard (4-4). The Bison have beaten Morehouse, North Carolina A&T, and FAMU. All have been ranked this year. It looks like FAMU has righted the ship. Winston-Salem State has been outstanding.”

Alabama A&M has moved into the No. 3 spot on the Dr. Cavil’s list. Alabama State and Jackson State are the only two HBCUs in the Sports Network national Top 25 FCS poll — at 16 and 19, respectively.

“The SWAC West is weaker than it’s been over the last few years,” Posey said. “Most of these teams have young quarterbacks. Who could have predicted that Grambling and Tuskegee would be struggling in 2011?”

Here’s a look at complete black college football polling for Week 8 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (26), 6-1, 273, 1
2. Jackson State (3), 6-1, 254, 4
3. Winston-Salem State (1) 8-0, 189, 5
4. Bethune-Cookman 4-3, 155, 6
5. Albany State 6-2, 123, 7
6. Alabama A&M 5-2, 91,8
7. Norfolk State 6-2, 83, 2
8. Hampton 4-3, 62, 10
9. Florida A&M 5-3, 49, NR
10. South Carolina State 4-4, 37, 3
Others receiving votes: North Carolina A&T 29, Morehouse 25, Elizabeth City State 20, Morgan State 17, Stillman 11.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (18), 6-1, 217, 1
2. Norfolk State (3), 6-1, 201, 2
3. Jackson State 6-1, 171, 3
4. South Carolina State 4-3, 148, 4
5. Alabama A&M 5-2, 133, 6
6. North Carolina A&T 4-2, 113, 8
7. Hampton 3-3, 71, 5
8. Prairie View A&M 4-3, 61, 7
9. Florida A&M 4-3, 51, 10
10. Morgan State 4-3, 20, NR
Others receiving votes: Bethune-Cookman 11, Howard 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
16. Alabama State 6-1, 1,305, 19
19. Jackson State 6-1, 863, 23
Others receiving votes: Central Arkansas 303, Massachusetts 300, Richmond 297, Furman 256, Chattanooga 231, North Dakota 203, Cal Poly 200, Eastern Washington 141, Norfolk State 139, Brown 136, Albany 90, Jacksonville 79, Texas State 56, Alabama A&M 48, San Diego 29, Samford 27, Penn 23, Florida A&M 20, Southern Utah 20, Portland State 19, Georgetown 18, Sacramento State 16, Stony Brook 14, South Dakota State 12, UT Martin 12, Southern Illinois 10, Elon 10, Eastern Kentucky 8, McNeese State 6, Bethune-Cookman 5, South Carolina State 5, Duquesne 4, The Citadel 4, Youngstown State 3, Holy Cross 3, Northwestern State 2, Drake 1, Lafayette 1.

DR. CAVIL”S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION RANKINGS
Name, (record), first-place votes, total points, previous week, last week and next week opponent
1. Alabama State (6-1), (7), 104, 1 (Did not play, vs. Alabama A&M)
2. Jackson State (6-1), (3), 101, 3 (Did not play, vs. Prairie View A&M)
3. Alabama A&M (5-2), (2), 100, 5 (Did not play, vs. Alabama State)
4. Norfolk State (6-2), 71, 2 (Lost to Bethune-Cookman 14-6, vs. North Carolina A&T)
5. Florida A&M (5-3), 67, 9 (Beat South Carolina State 27-24, open)
6. Prairie View A&M (4-3), 52, 7 (Did not play, vs. Jackson State)
7. Hampton (4-3), 43, 8 (Beat North Carolina Central 30-27OT, at Savannah State)
8. North Carolina A&T (4-3), 26, 6 (Lost to Howard 35-28OT, at Norfolk State)
9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-3), 14, 10 (Did not play, vs. Grambling State)
10. Bethune-Cookman (4-3), 11, NR (Beat Norfolk State 14-6), at North Carolina Central)
Also receiving votes: Morgan State (4-3) 10, South Carolina State (4-4) 8, Howard (4-4) 6. Dropped out: South Carolina State (4-4)

URBAN SPORTS NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Alabama State, 6-1: Off. Next up: Meet rival Alabama A&M on 10/29; trap game.
2. Jackson State, 6-1: Off. Next up: Meet Prairie View in Shreveport Classic; which JSU team will show up? Trap game.
3. Winston-Salem State, 8-0: Cruised to 59-7 win over Edward Waters. Next up: Host Shaw; trap game.
4. Albany State, 6-2: Scraped up a 18-13 win over Clark-AU. Next up: Host Benedict.
5. Norfolk State, 6-2: Bad QB play and poor game plan doomed the Spartans in 14-6 loss to Bethune. Next up: Host North Carolina A&T; trap game.
6. Morehouse Maroon, 6-2: Edged improving Benedict 37-31. Next up: Visit Fort Valley State; trap game.
7. Bethune-Cookman, 4-3: Talented team that could run the table if they eliminate mistakes and get better QB play; beat Norfolk 14-6. Next up: Visit NC Central.
8. Florida A&M, 5-3: Beat South Carolina State on the road 27-24. Next up: Host North Carolina A&T in elimination game for conference title on 11/5.
9. Hampton, 4-3: Edged NC Central; were Pirates looking ahead? Next up: Visit Savannah State.
10. Alabama A&M, 5-2: Off. Next up: Meet Alabama State in Magic City Classic in Birmingham.
Others receiving consideration: Elizabeth City, Howard, Langston, Prairie View, South Carolina State, Stillman. Dropped out: North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Stillman. Moving Up: Bethune-Cookman, Elizabeth City, FAMU, Langston. Trending down: North Carolina A&T, Prairie View, South Carolina State, Stillman.

FCS NOW POLL, WEEK EIGHT
Rank, team (first-place votes)
16. Alabama State
18. Jackson State
25. Norfolk State
Others receiving votes: Chattanooga; Massachusetts; Eastern Washington; Portland State; North Dakota; Tennessee Tech; Texas State; William & Mary; Albany; Harvard; Youngstown State; Furman.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY TOP 25, WEEK 8
Rank, team, total votes, first-place votes
21 Alabama State Hornets 437
Also receiving votes: 31. Norfolk State, 123; 32. Jackson State, 100.

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